FRESNO (KMJ) — Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said that the partisan split on immigration reform means there is no progress on an issue which impacts the entire country.
It comes after Sheriff Mims took part in a roundtable with other Central Valley sheriffs, as well as federal immigration and border security officials, in Calexico on Friday. The meeting was headed up by President Donald Trump to discuss how to resolve issues at the southern border.
“It’s unfortunate because it’s partisan,” said Sheriff Mims. “It has become such a partisan issue that people are throwing common sense out the window when we do need comprehensive immigration reform, when we do need a way to fix our system.”
Mims said Democrats in Congress will not support changes endorsed by President Trump, and Republicans in Congress did not support changes endorsed by President Obama.
“Part of our strategy…has got to include what we do with our border nations for sanctions, for assistance, what is the whole package that we need to help them or insist that they take care of issues in their own countries.
“For instance, why are people coming here from Central America? They need to take care of their own country issues.”
Hear the report from KMJ’s Dominic McAndrew as it aired: